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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn thinks it’s ‘an honor’ to play on Thanksgiving

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By Jack Wang

COSTA MESA — Anthony Lynn has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, moments that he still claims as the highlights of his football career.

His third-most memorable game might have happened on Nov. 22, 2001.

The Chargers head coach was in his second season as a Denver special teams assistant when the Broncos visited Dallas on Thanksgiving – a game the Cowboys nearly stole thanks to three touchdowns in the final nine minutes.

This Thursday, Lynn will be back in the city again for a holiday kickoff at 1:30 p.m. This time, he’ll face the Cowboys as his Chargers (4-6) try to work their way back into the playoff picture.

“It may be the second-largest game in the league, other than playing in the Super Bowl,” said Lynn, when asked about the NFL’s Thanksgiving contests. “So it really is an honor to play in that game.”

Playing on the holiday will be a first for the Chargers since they became an NFL franchise. It will not be quite as novel for all the players in the locker room. Cornerback Casey Hayward is among those who have experienced it before, doing so with the Packers in a 17-13 loss to the Bears two years ago.

“I guess it gives you the opportunity to really (stink) or really be good, and everybody notices,” he said. “So if you’re really good, a lot of good things will come out of it. But if you (stink), don’t get on Twitter.”

Chances are, Hayward will be closer to really good. The Pro Bowler is coming off what might be his best game of the season, one in which he nabbed two of his team’s five interceptions in a 54-24 win over the Bills. It was the third multi-interception game of his career, and one that also came with […]    

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